Casting has been announced for on hope: a digital song cycle, presented by MPTheatricals and The Other Palace.
on hope: a digital song cycle is described as a “live, one of a kind musical theatre trilogy exploring the many shades of hope.”
Written by more than 60 composers from around the world, the three-part event will stream on The Other Palace’s YouTube channel for free on April 29, May 6 and May 13 at 7:30PM.
A synopsis reads: “on hope: a digital song cycle shares stories of change, journey, desires and unity, aiming to spark light in this time of darkness. Bringing the songs to life are performers, choreographers, arrangers, animators and editors who will create a number of unique pieces which will be woven together to create a brand new digital musical theatre experience.”
The confirmed cast of West End stars taking part includes:
Christina Bennington (Bat Out of Hell)
Rebecca Caine (Les Miserables, Preludes)
Joanne Clifton (Strictly Come Dancing, Rocky Horror Show)
Liam Doyle (Ghost)
Lauren Drew (Six, Heathers)
Alice Fearn (Come From Away, Wicked)
Scott Folan (Be More Chill)
Russell Grant (Strictly Come Dancing)
Jessica Gomes-Ng (The King & I)
Sophie Issacs (Six, Heathers)
Waylon Jacobs (Hamilton)
Kirsty Maclaren (Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour)
Carolyn Maitland (The Woman in White)
Chris Peluso (Showboat, The Woman in White)
Jodie Steele (Six, Heathers)
Danielle Steers (Six, Bat Out Of Hell)
Tosh Wanogho-Maud (Dreamgirls)
Although free to watch, MPTheatricals have launched a fundraising initiative to support the creative talent involved in the project during this challenging time – you can donate here.
Songwriters who have contributed to the work include Amies and Clements, AJ O’Neill, Åke Andersson, Alanya Bridge, Alex Syiek, Amir Shoenfield, Amy Clare Tasker, Anne-Marie Piaza, Becca Blackmore, Bella Barlow & A.C Smith, Bella Barlow & Nikki Racklin, Benjamin Scheuer, Chris Ash & Victoria Saxton, Chris Hutchings, Cynthia Wong, Davyd Strahan-Hughes, Drew Dillon, Eleanor Griffiths, Eléonore Duizabo, Emily Rose Simons, Grace Joy Howarth, Gus Gowland, Hilmi Jaidin, Izzy Owen, Jaime Lozano & Neena Beber, janine browne (jb), Jean-Paul Mark Shlom, Joe Howlett, Joe McNeice & Matt Spalding, Jon Hare, Jonathan O’Neill & Issac Savage, Jordan Li-Smith, Jude Taylor, Kath Haling, Kerry Kazmierowicztrimm & Earl Marrows, Keurim Hur & Tidtaya Sinutoke, Kevin Velez, KS Lewkowicz, Laura Barati & TJ Rubin, Leanne Sedin, Lewis Cornay, Lillia Woodbury, Luke Disomma, Maisy Beth Crunden, Meg McGrady & Laura McGrady, Michael Patrick Walker, Neil Bastian, Omar Baroud, Phoebe & Isabella Mansell, Rachel Bellman & Josh Bird, Raphael Smith, Rebecca Hart, Rob Rokicki, Sam Young, Samantha Rosenblatt & Lucy O’Brien, Sara Eeke & Giles Fernando, Sarah Middleton & Josh Sneesby, Sharon Kenny, Stew Simpson, Susannah Pearse, Tony Greenlaw, Vic Landa, Vikki Stone, William Karras + Janey Feingold, Zoe Morris & Matthew Mori, Zoe Morris & Rachel Hammond.